“A poll for the “referendum”: signs of falsification”, Mykhailo Mischenko (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

The “Crimean Republican Institute of Political and Sociological Research” (RIPSI) has released the results of a poll among the residents of Kherson and Zaporizhia regions: “The main topic of the poll is the attitude to the future referendum on the region’s accession to the Russian Federation.” Yevgeny Leshan, a journalist of the Internet publication “Centre of Investigative Journalism”, established that the Republican Institute of Political and Sociological Research LLC was registered in Simferopol in 2010, and practically did not appear in the media.

According to the Russian registers, RIPSI LLC was on the verge of liquidation in recent years. In 2020, it was declared non-operational. And then, the war helped the bankrupt.

So, according to the poll conducted by RIPSI on September 1–2, 2022, “86% of respondents in Zaporizhia region who are ready to take part in the referendum support the region’s accession to the Russian Federation. In Kherson region, 76% of respondents willing to participate in the referendum is ready to vote “for” the region’s incorporation into Russia”.

Meanwhile, experts of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, based on their own analysis, claim that any properly conducted referendum in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine “would show that the absolute majority of residents in each region would oppose the region’s separation from Ukraine and joining Russia”.

What is wrong with the “Crimean Republican Institute of Political and Sociological Research” and the results of its surveys?

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